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ACDF post op itching and allergic to adhesive

It's been 8 days since my acdf surgery. My neck and incision areas ITCH!. I was told I am mostlikely allergic to the glue they used and to take benadryl. My steristrips are starting to fall off. Is that normal? How long will it be for the glue to finally fall off? It looks as if the glue is causing a rash and where the glue has fallen and my skin is raw. I have put neosporin on it to help it heal and close up. It is not on the incision area. It's like they got glue on areas they weren't suppose to. Messy!

I just hope this doesn't cause any unsightly scars. I am not happy right now.

Any suggestions on how to deal with this is welcomed.



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  • I feel your pain because I too am allergic to the adhesive. The itching is just plain miserable. Only thing I can tell you is that as it heals & you are able to get the glue washed off it does get better. So sorry for your discomfort, but know that this too shall pass friend. Take care & hope you get relief soon.
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  • I'm allergic to steri-strips and they drive me completely bonkers! I take Benadryl and use a steroid cream on the rash. Once the rash starts it gets worse for a few days and then begins to improve. I also itch like crazy from the narcotics and just clawed at my legs after my recent back surgery. Fortunately I didn't do any permanent damage. I feel your pain!!
    Lumbar laminectomy L-4/L-5, 2006
    XLIF with posterior pedicle screws L-4/L-5, 4-23-2013
  • kamgramkkamgram Posts: 483
    edited 11/21/2013 - 3:00 PM
    Not only am I allergic to latex which was hard to avoid as a nurse but also adhesives on bandaides, steristrips, paper tape...anything adhesive. Key is to get off asap. After having staples removed from knee replacement they left steri strips off and I used cohesive wrap for the first week. Worked like a charm and no rash or itching :) Dont know how you could use on back though :/

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